Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer bucket list

Sunglasses c/o Arden Deals
Can I just say that this has already felt like the longest summer ever?! We moved to Arizona in the dead of winter from Utah on the last day of January... and enjoyed amazing spring weather for like, 2 weeks. 80 degrees came quickly in Arizona and I specifically recall the outfit that Mia wore on Valentine's Day, shorts and a tank top! It has felt like summer since mid February to us only because we were used to much, much colder weather! Even though people have warned me, I've been horrified this week as we've experienced our first taste of what summer is truly like in the Phoenix valley... 113 degrees for the high all week long, and it's already 90 degrees by 7am when I try to get and go on a run! Yeah, I'm dying! So even though it's not officially summer, it's officially summer in Arizona (and feels like it has been for months!) so I'm sharing our summer bucket list for 2015!

1- Swim, swim, swim! I would add splash pads to the list, except that benefits me in no way (what can I say? I'm a selfish mom) I would much rather be in the pool swimming with Mia, than sitting on the sidelines melting my life away while Mia plays at a splash pad, ha!

2- Okay, let's be real. I'll still take her to the splash pad ;)

3- Take Mia to watch a movie at the (very air conditioned, I hope!) movie theaters!

4- Make homemade popsicles. Lots of them! The best part is that they will be packed full of fruits and veggies... perfect way to sneak some extra goodness into our diets!

5- Go out for ice cream... and let Mia get a whole, messy cone to herself (and don't bat an eye at the mess on her face, clothes or hands, HA!)

6- We probably need to do a snow cone date while we are at it. Or maybe a date to Rita's? I've heard amazing things about that place and well? The snow cone/slushy photos are totally appealing to my pregnant taste buds, ha!

7- Set up a fun play corner in our front room for Mia! We've been holding out on her with some pretty awesome stuff (like the kitchen we got her for Christmas... that is still in the box! oops!) to keep her entertained once it was way too hot to spend our days outside. It's safe to say that we have reached that point... Mia will die of excitement when she sees all her new, fun stuff!

8- Paint at least once a week. Finger painting, rock painting, painting pictures on paper, etc. Mia will absolutely love these painting activities!

9- Enroll Mia in some type of mommy and me class once our swim lessons end. I would love to get a dance class but I haven't been able to find anything for kids younger than 3, so now I'm looking into the little gymnastics classes until Mia turns 3! (She has been asking about dance for weeks now!)

10- Soak up all the time I can with my Mia girl! I must admit that I'm totally rooting for summer to fly by as this extreme heat will surely send me to the loony bin in my pregnant state... but Fall means baby time (like, the very beginning of Fall) and life will totally change for all of us (in the best way, of course! but it will take some serious adjusting for all of us) so I will definitely be doing my best to cherish these days with Mia and hopefully create some amazing memories for her!

What's on your summer bucket list?! 

18 comments:

P!nky said...

What a great list, lady! PLEASE post the messy ice cream picture of MIA!!!!! <3

hello erin said...

Two options. I just steal this list... Or I come live with you. Because this sounds SO fun. Minus the temps. That's INSANE!

Amanda Klein said...

Scottsdale Quarter has the poshest splash pad around!!

Sara Elizabeth said...

This sounds like a great list.... and involves all the cool things... which you're totally going to need because Arizona is HOT!! Can't wait to see pics of this mommy and me adventure that you will hopefully find - I feel like Mia is going to rock whatever it is you girls do!!

Elizabeth Birenbaum said...

I agree with Erin! I would totally come live with you because your list sounds so fun but again... dying in the heat. You know we actually thought about moving to Arizona (Seth's cousins live in Scottsdale) but the whole 115 alllllllll summer long kind of put a stop to that. So maybe I'll just come visit in the fall when it's 90 :)
PS the blueberry muffin recipe is on the blog today! :)

Kim Petersen said...

OMG, I'm sure Arizona was a huge change from Utah! We actually had a nice spring in the Beehive state this year! I love your bucket list, your daughter is going to love it too! XO -Kim
www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

BLovedBoston said...

I think she's at the perfect age to start going to the movies once in a while - what a treat for her!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

Ritas has been a big pregnancy craving of mine :)! haha It is delish! I recommend the Mango with Vanilla Custard.

Brittany said...

I love that your list all about staying cool or staying inside! Ice cream, sno cones, and popsicles are always on my list, though. Even in winter! ;) I love that Mia keeps asking about dance classes. So precious.

Desiree Macke said...

Ice cream and popsicles are summer musts!!
Have you checked into the Regency Theatres Summer Movie Express? The theatre has movies each week for only $1/person. It's the perfect setting for kiddos, because it's full of kids, so even if the littles don't sit completely still, or even chat a bit, no one cares!
http://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

Caroline @ Windy City Chic said...

Wonderful list Courtney!! I hope that you get to do all of these things with Mia!! :-)

Kelly Mock said...

Great list! And could Miss Mia be any more adorable!? I don't think so!

Allison said...

I can't imagine being pregnant in that AZ heat! Phew! You definitely need to be IN the pool with Mia and not on the sidelines. Haha. ;)

Hailey Cox said...

Love her little sunglasses, so darling!!

Evelina said...

Homemade popsicles are definitely on my summer list! There are so many great recipes out there!

Annette said...

I love your bucket list! I know you'll accomplish everything too. Mine is just to spend as much time enjoying the warm summer days with my little one as possible--swimming, beach, bike riding, parks--you name it! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! My cousin is out there in AZ, and he posted the temps over there. Keep cool :)

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

oh you need some ritas! I wish ours was closer. Summer is darn miserable - I don't have a whole lot of dry hot miserable experience but the few really hot days in CO summers were sooo intense. FL miserable is more like heavy and suffocating. I can't wait for fall =)

Janna Renee said...

We packed in as much 'summer' fun as we could pre-baby, but I hope we have time to do more after she comes. However, we will be packing to move in September, so I just plan on us soaking up as much time with her as possible around Will's graduation festivities and the move and it really doesn't matter how we accomplish that. I just want her!

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